A hands on day for a group of local Archaeologists discovering how Roman potters managed to prevent their pots cracking during firing by adding ‘tempering’ materials to the clay. Organised by Julia Quigley and Shirley Shiner, who brought marvellous photo’s of a replica Roman kiln she helped to build and fire. Great fun was had as visitors made their own plaques from plaster moulds, carved sprigs and marvelled at the skills needed to slip trail on Roman style beakers made by Julia.
Sheena Bond inspired some to try throwing and Robert Simpson assisted all who were struggling with unfamiliar processes. A wholesome, but surprisingly delicous, Roman cake – legionnaires could have marched from London to Hadrians wall on a slice – added the final touch to a wonderful afternoon for enthusiasts.